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Sri Lanka exports 0.4-pct down in September 2021, tea slip 8.6-pct

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s exports fell 0.4 percent from a year ago to 995.77 million in September 2021, with tea and petroleum exports down but there were gains in apparel and seafood, data from the state export promotion office showed.

Exports up to September 2021 were up 19.3 percent from lockdown hit 2020, to 8.88 billion dollars, Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board said.

Apparels were up 5.8 percent to 457 million US dollars, rubber based products were up 20 percent 96 million US dolars, seafood was up 39 percent to 22 million US dollars.

But tea was down 8.6 percent to 104 million US dollars, diamonds and jewellery was down 18 percent to to 16 million US dollars, petroleum products were down 34 percent to 19.5 million US dollars and unspecified other exports were down 19 percent to 96 million dollars.

In the nine months to September tea was still up 986.5 million dollars. The tea sector had warned that the fertilizer ban would eventually hit exports and the government had now relaxed a part of the ban.

“Exports show a strong resilience with both merchandise & services exports performing well. We are confident that this trend will continue,” Suresh de Mel, EDB Chairman said.


Sri Lanka’s export target for the year is 15.72 billion dollars. EDB says they are expecting to earn 12.14 billion dollars from merchandise exports and 3.58 billion dollars from services exports.


For the first nine months, Sri Lanka has generated 11.1 billion rupees of export revenue for both merchandise and services.


EDB said merchandise exports increased 5.0 percent to 3.1 billion dollars in the third quarter (July, August and September) of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.


Similarly, exports have increased by 6.7 percent compared with the same period in 2019


Exports to top 10 markets  


In September 2020 exports to the USA, Sri Lanka’s largest export market has generated 270.44 million dollars, up 12.69 or 239.98 million dollars from September 2020.


While in the last nine months, exports to the USA had increased by 14.97 percent to 2.1 billion dollars compared to the same period of 2020.


This was due to an increase in exports in of apparel sector, rubber-based products (pneumatic & retreated rubber tyres & tubes, industrial & surgical gloves of rubber), motor vehicles parts, activated carbon, tea packets and cinnamon, EDB said.


Exports to the United Kingdom however had slipped 32.87 percent to 75.01 million dollars in September 2021 compared to the previous year.


Whereas for the last nine months exports to the UK had recorded an increase of 2.31 percent to 679.55 million dollars compared with the same period the previous year.


Exports to the Netherlands had increased over 50 percent from January to September 2021 compared to 2020.


EDB said the increase in exports had been led by apparel and textile exports (73 percent) and liquid coconut milk 49.25 percent.


Sri Lanka’s exports to free-trade partners India increased 24.97 percent or 566.94 million dollars and Pakistan 27.66 percent or 68.49 in the first nine months of 2021.


Exports to India were led by Woven fabrics and Bicycles.

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Ex-US President Trump shot at in campaign rally

ECONOMYNEXT- Republican nominee to the upcoming polls and former US President Donald Trump has been shot during a campaign rally, media reports said.

The bullet grazed the ear of Trump, who is reported to be doing well.

The gunman was shot and killed by secret service snipers within second of firing the shots at Trump.

At least one civilian was killed reports said.

Television footage showed blood in Trumps ear.

As he was hustled out of the venue by Secret Service officials Trump was seen shaking his fist in the air. (Colombo/July14/2024)

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UNESCO DG to discuss archaeological endeavours in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: President

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s president has said that he will discuss initiatives for long-term archaeological endeavours in the Anuradhapura city with visiting UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay.

Azoulay will visit Sri Lanka from July 16-19 and take part at the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s membership of UNESCO at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in Colombo.

She will also travel to UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the island, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“I have invited the Director General of UNESCO to visit Sri Lanka and discuss initiatives for long-term archaeological endeavours in the Anuradhapura city. Several universities overseas have shown interest in supporting us for these activities, and we are moving forward with their collaboration,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

“Anuradhapura boasts a rich history spanning over a millennium, once renowned as a hub of trade and economics. Preserving and exploring this ancient city’s archaeological treasures remains a significant endeavour.”

“New archaeological efforts in the Anuradhapura district are now imperative,” Wickremesinghe said during a ceremony to inaugurate a 150-kilowatt solar power system installed by the LTL Group at the Sri Maha Bodhiya premises in Anuradhapura on Saturday (13).

Wickremesinghe pointed out that UNESCO has undertaken extensive archaeological projects in Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and Luang Prabang in Laos.

“However, we have not taken the necessary steps to implement these activities in Anuradhapura city. Therefore, I have advised both the Department of Archaeology and the Cultural Triangle to undertake these initiatives.”

These efforts are part of a comprehensive program aimed at establishing Anuradhapura as a globally renowned city, Wickremesinghe said.

While Sigiriya has gained international fame, Sri Lanka has not adequately highlighted Anuradhapura’s historical significance as a major trade and economic center in the past, the president pointed out.

“Cities like Tanjore (Thanjavur), Madurai, and Sanchipuram are often discussed, yet Anuradhapura, the fourth city, has been overlooked. Therefore, it is crucial to develop Anuradhapura city.”

As part of these initiatives, preparations are underway to establish new hotels in Anuradhapura, which will contribute significantly to its development, Wickremesinghe said. (Colombo/Jul13/2024)

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Government committed to improving living conditions in Jaffna: Sri Lanka PM

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s prime minister, who is in Jaffna “to monitor the progress” and “get a little feedback” has said the government is committed to improving living conditions of the people in the northern peninsula.

“This government is dedicated to improving the living conditions of the Jaffna Peninsula,” Dinesh Gunawardena told a Jaffna District Coordinating Committee meeting on Friday, according to a statement by his media division.

“In order to increase the living conditions, we have embarked on an increase in most of the expenditure needed by the departments, and also special allocations for rural and urban development in the local government area.”

Nationalist Gunawardena met with Tamil politicians at the Jaffna Divisional Secretariat Office and participated in the distribution of rice and egg incubators for low income families.

“A special privilege to be with you all, in order to monitor the progress made by all of you, as well as to get a little feedback where we stand today in relation to the reports given.”

Gunawardena joins a string of leading political figures who have visited the north ahead of upcoming polls.

The government was, he said, “committed to improve the services and living conditions, therefore, to provide the necessary infrastructure for developments, which means much to your area.”

The prime minister said he appreciated the efforts of farmers because “farmers are all private sector, I would say. Let us not forget, farmers are all in the private sector, either in the ownership or in the tenancy. They are private contributors to the national development of the economy.”

The poverty numbers are “fairly managed” in the country. Gunawardena said, pointing out that poverty was a key problems in any economy. “Any country, you would agree with me, the richest country, in the United States even, food stamps have been given. So all economies the world are going through difficult situations in relation to the poor.

“We have to look after the poor especially in these remote villages of the Northern Province…”

Minister Douglas Devanada, MPs M A Sumanthiran, Angajan Ramanathan, C Vigneshwaran, Dharmalingam Siddharthan, and other officials participated in the meeting. (Colombo/Jul13/2024)

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